Racing Wraps – April, 2022
Racing Wrap – Sunday 24th April
Yesterday’s training successes proved there is no stereotype of a greyhound trainer.
There was definitely no age or gender bias as the age gap between the successful trainers was wider than five decades. In regard to gender bias, it was definitely a day for the fairer sex.
Tracey and Lisa Craik led the way with 6 wins, the Hayley Mullane/Emma Potts partnership nabbed a brace, with Karen Walsh and Kay Herbert each adding a winner. By providing a victory each, Thayne Green with Loyal Redeemer, Sam Lozell with Beau Beau and Corey Steele with Opawa Lucy, denied the ladies a clean sweep.
Still a ten/three score line is an impressive result.
Again, it was over the 318m trip that the Craik team excelled. The two maiden sprints saw Magic Sprite – Simple and Plain litter mates Portland Opal and Portland Jake prevail over their kennel mates, Smile a While and Kettle Pot, who a litter mates from the Banjo Boy – Just One Smile litter.
Simple and Plain, also produced another winner in Portland Timmy, while Just One Smile chimed in with winners; Ten After Four and You Ready Boots, who produced a BOD and PB 18.29 in our C5 event. The other winner for the partnership was Otaki River, a son of Just One Smile’s close relative Katcha Fire. He now also reaches the C5 grade.
The kennel’s successful breeding programme struck a snag with Just One Smile unable to be inseminated last August. due to the strict Auckland Covid Level 4 essential service regulations. Unfortunately, she was just one of the brood bitches in the Auckland region who were affected by this ruling.
Producing the BOD performance over the 527m trip was the C1 assessed Thrilling Fern, a daughter of Barcia Bale – Thrilling Flo in a tidy 30.57secs. With two previous track and trip wins, yesterday’s victory confirms like a number of other bitches she has a liking for a two turn track.
In fact, all three of yesterday’s 527m winners were bitches, Jelly Fish, who won the last season’s Grp 1 NZ Oaks, scored her first Manukau win and another recent arrival from the South Island, Opawa Lucy was the other.
All in all, despite the showery weather conditions it was a good day’s racing. As always, congratulations to all successful connections and a sincere thank you to all who attended.
Next Trials – Wednesday 27th April, commencing at 10.00am.
Next Race Meeting – Sunday 1st May.
Racing Wrap – Saturday 16th April
Saturday, gave us a peach of a day weather wise on what was a peach of a racing surface.
Before reviewing the day’s racing action, the AGRC Board wish to both acknowledge and thank all participants, club staff and race day officials, for their combined co-operation and effort to maintain the programme on schedule, given what was a very compressed time frame, especially through the first six races.
One of our feature races was the 527m C4/5 Easter Stakes in which the Glennis Farrell kennel had a strong hand with four runners heading to the boxes. Glennis took out the event with Opawa Albert, who after trailing the early leader Dark Hazard came away with the win by nearly 2 lengths at the post, in a tidy 30.51secs.
The other feature was the C5 Carol’s TAB Taipa Tavern Sprint that saw Portland Wonder return to winning form after her luckless previous race. Her win was one of the six sprints won by the Tracey and Lisa Craik team on the day. Portland Timmy broke his maiden status at his third start, while the up and comers Lachlan’s Girl and Ten After Four, extended their winning sequences as they begin their climb through the grades. Established chasers, Portland Blonde and Otaki River also topped the podium on what was a stellar day for the kennel.
The second maiden sprint winner was a well-bred pup Minerva Mink, making her race day debut for the Hayley Mullane/Emma Potts partnership. She is a daughter of champion sire Fernando Bale and the Grp.1 winner Thrilling Flo. Her run suggested she has a promising future ahead.
The other sprint winner was Marsha Black’s Just Nia, who recorded her 10th win at her 112th start. With a tally of 28 placings, she has been a consistent performer throughout her career.
Both the C1 and C3 527m races were taken out by chasers aged over 4 years.
In the C1 event it was the home bred son of Bekim Bale and Hot Pootie, Get Me Home, saluting for the Udy/Cottam team. He and his litter mates have now won 34 races.
The Wayne & Tracy Steele trained All Consuming, topped the podium in the C3 event. His record is now 14 wins and 13 placings from 62 starts.
Chasers like these two boys although not headline acts form the back bone of many race kennels, due to their love of the chase and their longevity in the kennel environment. Walk into any kennel block and hounds just like these two will be the first to come out to greet you.
Finally, a thank you to patrons, both new and old who attended Saturday’s meeting. We trust you all found a winner or two and enjoyed the company of those around you.
Next Trials; Wednesday 20th April, commencing at 10.00am.
Next Race Meeting; Sunday 24th April, first race scheduled for 1.05pm.
Racing Wrap – Sunday 10th April
Another five wins for Tracey and Lisa Craik was just one of the highlights of a great day’s racing. Both weather and track conditions were nigh on perfect, thanks to an almost summer’s like afternoon and the sterling efforts of our track curators.
Lachlan’s Girl. with a new PB of 18.80secs. and Barney Parrot continued their success achieved last Sunday, whilst Wheels On Fire, produced the Performance of the Day, with a blistering 18.18secs., Portland Art and maiden winner Portland Ethan rounded out their winning quintet.
Sired by Magic Sprite, Portland Ethan is a three-quarter brother to the highly successful Black Magic Opal – Simple and Plain that included the likes of Portland’s Wonder (24wins) and Berty (who ran just .100th of a second off the long standing Cambridge 375m record and was second in the 2021 NZ Derby.)
For those interested in breeding, Magic Sprite is the sire of Black Magic Opal and thanks to the advent of frozen semen straws of successful sires are being tucked away for future use up to a decade or more later. Black Magic Opal was sold early in stud career to the USA, however in recent weeks semen has been shipped back to his homeland of Australia, due to the successes of his progeny.
Two kennels chalked up a brace of wins. Sam Lozell’s successes started in the Hewlett Electrical Sprint with Wheelhouse powering home to nab front running kennelmate Hot Little Nancy.
Later in the programme it was his homebred Beau Beau, who led the chase after a flying Zoe Star, who clocked a 4.47secs. to first sectional before being reeled in by the big striding son of Ate to Much and Just as Gentle in the home straight. His time of 18,38secs, was just a half length off his PB.
Our opening event saw the Wayne & Tracey Steele trained Go Clifford break his maiden at just his second start. Relishing the outside trap he began moderately, then swooped around the field to a convincing win in a tidy 18.83secs. Later in the programme it was simply Overtaking’s day, after three consecutive second placings he led throughout the 527m trip in the Pump & Engineering Services Stakes. The win the sixth of his career.
The ever consistent Udy/Cottam team was the fore with Dublin Express, a winner at last Sunday’s meeting returning to the top of the podium in driving finish by three quarters of a length. Just a nose separated the placegetters his kennel mate Nana Molly and Serbian Ace. Later in the programme it was Nana Molly’s litter sister Medusa Who saluting the judge for Marie Prangley and the Three Sisters Syndicate. Both are members of the My Bro Fabio- Who Bobby litter, who combined now have won 55 races and in excess of $175k in stakes.
Last week’s Performer of the Day, the bonny bitch Black Tea turning on another stellar performance with a determined 527m half head win over Tuff Admiral. Third place getter Dark Hazard was just a length astern. She has now been in the money in eleven of fifteen starts and has a big future ahead as she rapidly climbs through the grades for Hayley Mullane/Emma Potts training partnership.
Next Trials. Tuesday 12th April commencing at 10.00am.
***We have bought the trials forward a day to avoid the severe weather event as forecast by the Met. Service to occur on Wednesday.
Next Race Meeting; It’s an Early Bird Easter Saturday. *** First race scheduled for 11.27am***
Racing Wrap – Sunday 3rd April
Just a few months back northern participants were divided by a border just south of the Bombay Hills. Yesterday there was a split of winners, six from north of the Bombay Hills and six from regions south.
Three winners came from the greyhound heartland of Te Kauwhata, home of the Udy Clan.
Their valued contribution to greyhound racing includes, Lynne being the breeder of the ‘Queen of Manukau’ the brilliant little sprinter Bright Star. Jared and Neisy training our “ Local Hero” Buddy Boom, the 2020 NZ Greyhound of the Year. (he was bred just a few kms away at Waitakaruru on the Hauraki Plains).
Ross and Lynne kicked off the day for Team Te Kauwhata with Boot Camp Tiara striding to a 2 length victory in the MPS Fencing Sprint. Later in the day it was the Udy/Cottam partnership tasting success with Dublin Express winning the 527m Happy Retirement Opawa Big Stakes. Completing their brace of wins was Midnight Faith, who made it now 3 wins from her favoured box 8 draw. This win sees her graduate to the open class sprinting ranks.
Te Mawhai, just south of Te Awamutu has been home for the Steele family for well over two decades. They too have enjoyed their successes, will the likes of Hot Agent, the winner of the 2003 Auckland Cup. Yesterday the honours were shared with Corey taking out the opening race with Go Tina, breaking her maiden status at just start three. For Wayne and Tracy success came with the royally bred daughter of Fernando Bale, Dark Hazard. The win her nineth of her now forty start career.
Rounding out the winners from ‘South of the Bombays’ were the successful Paeroa based Ron and Nyomi O’Regan. Ron started off his interest in greyhounds in the West Auckland area which was once another greyhound stronghold when the club raced from the track at Kumeu, Their very successful 2022 continued with Allegro Vey matching her PB of 18,84secs when winning over the sprint trip.
A thank you to all who contributed to the meetings success, with a pat on the back to our new starter Cornelia Reithmann, who handled her starter’s responsibilities well. A salute to our president John Roberts, for finally giving us the Pick Six winners in his Friday selections. Pressure on John to repeat the dose next week.
With today’s announcement by the government that we remain at the Covid Red Light setting, there some easing of restrictions that have been made as of midnight tonight. Just another small step back toward normal life.
Finally, a shout out to all northern participants with runners in Thursday’s feature race heats at Cambridge. May the racing gods be with you.
Next Trials; Wednesday 6th April commencing at 10.00am.
Next Race Meeting; Sunday 10th April, first race scheduled for 1.13pm
A ”‘Michelle” for Tracey and Lisa.
“ A Michelle” is a colloquial cricketing term for a bowler getting five wickets in an innings. It’s also referred to by commentators as a five(fife)/for, hence the term ” a Michelle” being an honourable reference to the actress Michelle Pfeiffer.
Scoring five wins on yesterday’s programme were the Drury based Tracey & Lisa Craik partnership.
Opening their account was Lachlan’s Girl, who successfully backed up from her maiden win on Thursday to score a bonus maiden victory. Barney Parrot, made a better than usual beginning to cap off a run of placings with a deserved win in the Mayhounds Greyhound Rehoming Group Sprint.
Two of the talented Black Magic Opal litter were victorious. Portland Blonde back on top of the dais after a gap of eight months, She certainly has had her share of setbacks, however with the patience and care she receives ran close to her PB yesterday. Portland Wonder continued on her stunning run of form, jumping from Box 6 she ran the BOD of 18.27secs. win, a whisker off her PB.
Rounding out the very successful day was For Your Page in the Sports Bowl Function Centre Sprint in a PB of 18.66secs.
Congratulations Tracey and Lisa, whom I sure would like recognize and thank all who assist on race days, especially longtime kennel supporter Selwyn Loader. Yesterday, Tracey returned three of their team to the top of the podium. Selwyn also achieved a triple of his own, with two of the kennel’s winners, plus another when fulfilling the catching duties with Wayne and Tracy Steele’s Dark Hazard. Onya Sel.